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CCuwrluht, I«W. bJ A. C. MMlunr * Co.) (Continued from Inst week SYNOPSIS. CHVPTEn Afll. Mix Leslie tacked by a pnlsnnnug snake Bl.ikg killed It and snvod 11s poison to kill ymt CHAPTER XVIII. The Eavesdropper Caught. VEN had It not been for her doubts of Blake, the girl's modesty would have caused her to think twice before reneatlug to him the Englishman's insulting pro posal. While she yet hesitated and delayed, Wlnthrope came down with a second attack of fever. Blake, who until then had held himself sullenly apart from him as well as from Miss Leslie, at once softened to a gentler, or, at least, to a more considerate mood. Though his speech and hearing continued morose, he took upon him self all the duties of night nurse, be sides working and foraging several hours each day. Much to Miss Leslie's surprise, she found herself tending the invalid through the daytime almost as though nothing had happened. But everything ' about this wild and perilous life was i so strange and unnatural to her that she found herself accepting the most unconventional relations as a regular consequence of the situation. She was feverishly eager for anything that might occupy her mind: for she felt that to brood over the future might mean madness. The mere thought, of the possibilities was far too terrifying to be calmly dwelt upon. Though s ight, there had been some little com fort in the belief that she could rely on Wlnthrope. But now she was 1> ft alone with her doubt and dread. Even i if she had nothing to fear front Blake, there were all the savage dangers of tlie coast, and behind those, far worse, the fever. Meantime Blake went about his share of the eantp work, gruff and si lent, but with the usual concrete re sults. He brought load after load of fresh cocoanuts. and look great pains to hunt out the deliciously flavored eggs of the frigate birds to tempt Win thrope's falling appetite. When Miss Leslie suggested that beef Juice would be much better for the Invalid than broth he went out immediately in search of a gum-bearing tree, and that night, after heating a small quantity of gum in the cigarette case with the adder poison, he spent hours replacing his arrow heads with small barbed tips that eould be loosened from their sock ets by a slight pull. A. little before dawn he dipped two of his new arrow-beads In the sticky contents of the cigarette case, fitted them carefully to their shafts .and stole away down the cleft. Dawn found him crouched low In the grass where the overflow from the pool ran out Into the plain along Its little channel. He could see large forms moving away irura niiu; inm ruiut* mu iiouu tu n im son light, and he made out that the figures were a drove of huge eland. Hla eyes flashed with eagerness. It was a long shot; but he knew that no more was required than to pierce the I skin on any part of hts quarry's body. SS He put hla fingers between his teeth Band aent out a piercing whistle. It was a trick he had trted more than once on deer and pronghorn antelope. | As he expected, the el_nd hailed and * swung half around. Their ox like sides . presented a mark hard to miss. He roae and shot as they were £ wheeling to fly. Before he could fit his 1 second arrow to the string the whole ,-iJI herd were running off at a lumbering I gallop. He lowered Ills bow and walked after the animals, smiling with grim I anticipation. He had seen his arrow R strike against the side of the young 3 bull at which he had aimed. A little beyond where the hull stood I he came upon the headless shall of his j| arrow. As he stooped and caught It Sup he saw one of the fleeing animals H fall. When he came up with the dead B bull his first act was to recover his w snow-tip and rut out the flesh around ■ the wound. Provided only with Ills IK weak bladed knife he found ii ii" easy task to butcher so large a beast. WThough he had now acquired consld j|Serable dexterity in the art, noon hHd ■passed before he brought the first load \of meat up the cleft. So great was the abundance of meat 'jjjgithat Blake worked all the remainder Bor the day and all night stringing the lb sh on the curing racks, and Miss ^Leslie tried out pot after pot of fat ‘ijgnd tallow, until every spare vessel Was filled and she had to resort to a b< llow In the rock beside the spring Hlake promised to make more pots a-- soon as he could fetch the clay, but had first to dress the Hand hide i.ip:.d prepare a new stock of thread arid Seri trem parts of the animal which ,|t)i j <, careful not to let her see. I v Laiever tlielr concern for the fu .Slim— and even Blake's was keen an 1 bi ter--the forty, us a party, for the tli ie being might have been considered Sxtrcraely fonunate. They had a shel &r secure alike from the weather jmd from wild beasts; an abundance Of nutritious food. and. as material for nothing, the buuhtmck, hyena and Oland hides. To obtain more skins and Shore meat Blake now knew would be a simple matter so long as he had enough poison loft in the cigarette Cane to moisten the tips of hia ar _ rows. Even Wlnthrope’g re'apse proved far less set tows than might roascnably have been expected. The fever soon left him and within a few days he re gained strength enough to care for himself. Here, however, much to Blake's perplexity and oncern. his progress seemed to stop, and all BlaUe'a urging could do uo more than cause him to move languidly from one shady spot to another. He would re celve Blake s orders with a smile and a drawling "Ya-as, to he sure!”—and then absolutely Ignore the matter. Only In two ways did the Invalid ex hibit any signs of energy. He could and did eat with a heartiness little short of that shown by Blake, and he would Insist upon seeking opportunities to press his attentions upon Miss Bealle. He was careful to avoid all offensive remarks; yet the veriest common] lace from his lips was now an offense to the girl. While he needed her as nurse she had endured Uls talk as part of her duty. But now she felt that she could no longer do so. Taking ad vantage of a time when the English man was, as she supposed, enjoying a noonday siesta down towards the barricade, she went to meet Blake, who had been up on the cliff for eggs. "Hello!” he sang out. as he swung down the tree, one hand gripping the clay pot In which he had gathered the eggs. "What yon doing out In the sun? Get Into the shade." She stepped Into the shade and waited until he had climbed down the pile of stones which he had built for steps at. the foot of the tree. "Mr. Blake” she began, “could not 1 do this work—gather the eggs?” "You could, if I'd let you, Miss Tennv. But It strikes me you've got quite enough to do. Tell you the truth. I'd like to make Win take it in hand again. But all rny cussing won’t budge hint an Inch, and. you know, when It conies to the rub, I couldn't wallop a fellow who can hardly stand up.” "Is he really so weak?” she mur mured. "Well, you know how— Say, you don't nteau that you think he's sham ming?" • > * , . I . r *i-u,. 1 till* iiui nn; ' uci' * < . Blake. I do not care to talk about him. What I wish is that you will let me attend to this work.” “Couldn’t think of it, Miss Jenny! You're already doing your share.” “Mr. Blake—if you must know—I wish to have a placp where 1 can go and be apart—alone." Blake scowled. “Alone with that dude! He'd soon And enough strength to climb up with you on the cliff.'’ “I—ah—Mr. Blake, would he he apt to follow me. if 1 told you distinctly 1 should rather he alone?” "Would he' Well, I should rather guess not!" cried Blake, making no a-^ ; ■■gjieeR 1 jfHW’f "You Sneak! You Sham Gant!" attempt to conceal hi* delight. ['ll give him a hint that'll make his hair curl. From now on. nobody climba up this ttae but you, wiihoui flrat ask ing your permission " "Thank you, Mr Wake! You are very kind ’’ "Kind to let you do more work' But say. I'll help out all I can on the other work. You know. Miss Jenny—a rough fellow like me don't know how to say it. hut he ran think It Just ths same—I'd do anything in the world for you!” As he si»oke, he held out his rough, powerful hand. She shrank hark a little and caught her breath in sud den fright. But when she met his Steady gase, her fear left her as quick ly as It had come. She Impulsively thrust out her hand and he seised It In a grip that brought the tears to her eyes. MIfh Jenny! Miss Jenny!" he mur mured, utterly unconscious that hp was hurting her, you know now that I'm your friend, Miss Jenny!" "Yes, Mr. Blake,” she answered, biushin* and drawing her hand free "I believe you are a frlend~-l believe I can trust you." "You can. by—.Mutiny! But say.” lie continued, blundering with denas stupidity, “do you really mean that? Can you forgive me for being so con foundc | meddlesome the other day after the snake—" He slopped short, for u|ion the in staut she was facing him. as on that j eventful day, scarlet with shame and anger. "How dare you steak of It?” nhe cried, ‘•You're— you're not a gentle man !" 15'fotv he could reply she turned and left him. walking rapidly and with her head held high. Blake stared after her in bewilderment. •'Welt, what in—what in thunder save I Cone now?” be exelain *.!. ’La lies are certainly mighty fun ty! To go off at a touch—and Just when I hought we were going to be chums! Hut then, of coarse, I ve the whole bln? to loarn about nice girls like her!” ‘I—ah—must certainly agree with von there. Blake," drawled WlnthrojK-, rotn beside the nearest bush. Blake turned upon him with a.i.aep ury: "You dirty sneak!—you c'-iile nan! You’ve been eavesdropping!" The Englishman's yellow face paled to a sallow mottled gray. He had seen the game look In Blake's eyes twice before, and this time Blake was far more angry. “You sneak!—you sham gent!” re peated the American, his voice sink ing ominously. Wlnthrope dropped In an abject heap, as though Blake had struck him with his club. "No, no!'' he protested, shrilly. “I am a real—I am—I'm a not—” “That’s It—you’re a not! Thnt's true!" broke In Blake, with sudden grim humor. "You're a nothing. A fellow can't even wipe his shoes on nothing!" The change to sarcaRtn came as an Immense relief to Wlnthrope. “Ah, I say now. Blake," he drawled, pulling together his assurance the In stant the dangerous light left Blake's eyes. “I say, now, do you think It fair to pick on a man who is so much your - -er—who Is 111 and weak?” “That's It—do the baby act," jeered Blake. “But say, I don’t know Just how much eavesdropping you did; so there’s one thing I'll repeat for the special benefit of your ludshlp. It'll be good for your delicate health to pay attention. From now on, the cliff top belongs to Miss Leslie. Gents and hook agents not allowed. Understand? You don't go tip there without her spe cial Invite. If you do. I’ll twist your damned neck!” He turned on his heel and left the Englishman cowering. CHAPTER XIX. i An Ominous Lull, _ifWOk 'JW.V* HE three saw nothing more of each other that day. Miss Leslie had withdrawn into the baobab and Blake had gone off down the cleft for more salt. He did not return until after the others were asleep. Miss Leslie had gone without her supper, or had eaten some of the food stored within the tree. When, late the next morning, she finally left her seclusion Blake was no where In sight, ignoring Winthrope'a attempts to start a conversation, she hurried through her breakfast, and. having gathered a supply of food and water, went to spend the day on the headland. Evening forced her to return to the cleft. She had emptied the water flask by noon, and was thirsty. Win thrope was dozing beneath his can opy. which Blake had moved some yards down towards the barricade. Blake was cooking supper. He did not look up, and met her at tempt at a pleasant greeting with an inarticulate enint. When she turned to enter the baobab, she found the < opening littered with bamboos and j green creepers and pieces of large branches with charred ends. On either . side, midway through the entrance, a vertical row of holes had been sunk ; through the bark of the tree into the soft wood. "What is this’'’ she asked. ‘‘Are , you planning a porch?” Maybe. ' he replied. "But why should you make the holes so far in? 1 know so little about these matters, but 1 should have fancied the holes would come on the front of the tree" "You'll see in a day or two” "How did you make the holes? They look black, as though—” "Burnt 'em. of course—hot stones.” ' That was so clever of you!" He made no response. Supper was eaten In silence. Even Winthrope’s presence would have been a relief to the girl; yet she could not go to waken him. or even suggest that her companion do so. Blake sat throughout the meal sullen and stolid, and carefully avoided meeting her gaze. Before they had finished, twi light had come and gone, and night was upon them. Yet she liugered for a last attempt. "Good night, friend!" she whispered. He sprang up a* though she had struck him and blundered away into the darkness. In the morning it was as before. He i had gone off before she wakened. She ; lingered over breakfast: but he did | not appear, and she could not endure i Winthrope's suave drawl. She went 1 for another day on the headland. She returned somewhat earlier than 1 on the previous day. As before, Win : thrope was dozing in the shade. But Blake was under the baobab, raking i ; together a heap of rubbish. His hands i were scratched and bleeding. To the i girl’s surprise, he met her with a I cheerful grin and a clear, direct glance "Look here," he called. She stepped around the baobab and j stood staring. The entrance, from the j ground to the height of 12 foot, was walled up with a mass of thorny branches. Interwoven with yet thorn ier creepers. "Hows that for a front door?” ha demanded. "Ik or?" “Yes.” "Hut it's »o big. I could never move It.” "A child could. Look.” He grasped a projecting handle near the bottom of the thorny mass. The lower half of the door swung up and outward, the upper half In am) downward. "See, it's balanced on a crossbar In the middle. Come on in.” She walked after him in under the now horizontal door. He gave the in nPr end a light upward thrust, ami the door swung hack in its vertical circle until it again stood upright in the opening From the inside the girl could ace the strong framework to which was lashed the facing of the thorns. It was made of bamboo and strong pieces of branches, bound to gether with tough creepers. "Pretty good grating, eh’" remarked Blake. “When those green creepers dry, they'll shrink and hold tight as Iron clamps. Kiven now nothing short ; of a rhinoceros could walk through when the bars are fast. See here.” He stepped up to the novel door and slid several socketed crossbars until their outer ends were deep in the holt s in the tree trunk, three on each side. How's that for a set of bolts?" he I demanded. "Wonderful! Really, you are very, , very clever! But why should you go ’.o alf this trouble, when the barri cade—” * "Well, you see, it’s best to be on the safe aide.” •But it’s absurd for you to go to all this needless work. Not that i do not appreciate your kind thought for my safety. Yet look at your hands!” Blake hastened to put his bleeding hands behind him. "Go and wash them at once, and I'll put on a dressing.” "No, thank you. Miss Jenny. You needn't bother. They'll do all right.” "You must! It would please me." "Why, then, of course— But first, T want to make sure you understand fastening the door. Try the bars your self." She obeyed, sliding the bars in and out until he nodded his satisfaction. "Good!" he said. "Now promise ms you'll slide 'em fast every night." "If you ask it. But wbyf's, "I want to make you perfectly safe " "Safe? Blit am I not secure with—" “l,ook here. Miss Leslie: I'm not go ing to say anything about anybody." "Perhaps you had better suv no more. Mr. Blake." "That's right. But whatever hap pens. you'll believe I've done my beat, won’t you?—even If I'm not a— Prom lee me straight, you'll lock up tight every night." “Very well, i promise," responded the girl, not a little troubled by the strangeness of his expression That night Miss Leslie dutifully fastened herself In with all six bars She wakened at. dawn, and hastened out to prepare Blake's breakfast, hut she found herself too late There were evidences that he had eaten and gone oft before dawn. The stretching frame of one of the antelope skins had been moved around hv the fire, and on the smooth Inner surface of the hide was a laconic note, written with charcoal in a firm, bold hand: "Exploring inland. Back by night, if can." She bit her lip In her disappoint ment. for she had planned to show him how much she appreciated his absurd but well-meant concern for her safety. As it was, he had gone off without a word and left her to the questionable pleasuve of a tetea-tete with Win thrope. Hoping to avoid this, she hur ried her preparations for a day on the cliff. But before she could get off. Winthrope sauntered up. hiding his yawns behind a hand which had re gained most of its normal plumpness. His eye was at once caught by the charcoal note. “Ah!" he drawled: “really now. this Is too kind of him to give us the pleas ure of his absence all day!" •‘Ye-es’” murmured Miss Leslie. rn mil uir iu auu i uni »v>u *▼ m mou have the pleasure of my absence. I am going now." Winthrope looked down, and began to speak very rapidly: 'Miss Gen evleve, I—I with to apologize. Pvt thought it over. I’ve made a mist aka —I—I mean, my conduct the other day wag vile, utterly vile! Permit me to appeal to your considerateness for a man who has been unfortunate—who I mean, has been—er—was carried away by bis feelings. Vour favoring of that bloom—er—that—er-^-bounder so angered me that 1—that. I—" “Mr. Winthrope!” Interrupted the girl. "I will have you to understand that you do not advance yourself in my esteem by such references to Mr Blake." “Aye! aye. that. Blake’" panted Win thrope. “Don’t you see? It’s ’im. an’ that, blossom! Wen a mans daffy — Wen 'e's In love!—” Miss Leslie burst Into a nervoua laugh; hut checked herself on the in stant. "Really. Mr. Winthrope!” she ex claimed. “you must pardon me. I—I never know that cultured Rnglishmen over dropped their h's. As it happens, you know. I never saw one excited be tnrm this " “Ah, yes; to be sure—to be sure!” murmured Winthrope, In an odd ton*. The girl threw out her hand In a lit tle gesture of protest. “Really, I’m sorry to have hurt—to have been so thoughtless!” Winthrope stood silent. She spoke again; “I’ll do what you ask I'll make allowances for your—for your feelings towards in* and try to forget all you said the oth*r day Let zne begin by asking a favor of you.” “Ah, Miss Genevieve, anything, to be suio, that I may do!” “It Is ibat'l wish your opinion. When Mr. Hlake finished that absurd door last evening, be would not tell me why he had built It—only a vague state ment about my safety.” “Ah! He dtl not go Into particu lars?” drawled Winthrope. “No, not even a hint; and he looked ao—odd.” Winthrope slowly rubbed his soft palms one upon the other. "Do you—er—really desire to know his—the motive which actuated him?” he murmured. “I should not have mentioned It to you If I did not." she answered “Well—er—” He hesitated and paused for a full minute. “You see. It Is a rather difficult undertaking to Intimate such a matter to a lady— just the right touch of delicacy, you know. Hut l will begin by explaining that 1 have known it since the first—” “Known what?" "Of that bound—of—er--Hlake's trouble." "Trouble ?” “Ah! Perhaps I should have said affliction; yes, that is the better word. To own the truth, the fellow has some good qualities. It was no doubt be cause he realized, when in his better moments—” Metier nionents? Mr. Winthrope. I am not a child. In Justice both to my self and to Mr. Hlake, I must ask you to apeak out plainly." My dear .Miss Leslie, may I first ask If you have not observed how strange ly at times the fellow acts—'looks odd,' as you put It—how he falls Into mel ancholia or senseless rages? I may truthfully state that he has three times threatened my life." I—(—thought his anger quite natural, after I had so rudely Hud so many people are given to brooding— Hut if he was violent to you—" “My dear Miss Genevieve, 1 hold nothing against the miserable fellow. At such times he I* not-er—respon sible, you know. Let us give the fel low lull credit—that Is why he himself built your door.” "Oh, but 1 can't believe it! I can't believe it!" cried the girl. “It’s not possible! He's so strong, so tine and manly, so kind, for all his gruffness!” “Ah, ui> dear!'' • otbed Winthrope. "that, la the pity of it. Hut when a man must needs be his worsl enemy, when he must needs lead a rertatn kind of life, he must take the conse quences. To put it as delicately as possible, yet explain all, I need only s»> one word—paranoia." Miss Leslie gathered up her day's outfit with trembling fingers and went to mount the cliff. After watting a few minutes Win thrope walked hurriedly through the cleft and climbed the tree ladder with an agility lliat would have amazed his companions. Rut lie did not draw himself up on the cliff Having sails fled himself that Miss Leslie was well out toward the signal, he returned to the haohab and proceeded to examine Blake's door with minute scrutiny. That, evening, shortly before dark. Blake came In almost exhausted by his journey. Few men could have cov ered the same ground in twice the time. It had been one continuous round of grass Jungle, thorn scrub, rocks and swamp. And for all hU Satisfied Himself That Miss Leslie Was Well Out Toward the Signal. pains he brought back with him noth ing more than the discouraging Infor mallon that the bark-country was worse than the shore. Vet he betrayed no trace of depression over the had news, and for all his fatigue main talned a tone of hearty cheerfulness until, having eaten his fill, he sudden ly observed Miss Leslie's frigid po liteness. "\\ hat s up now he demanded "You're not mad 'cause I hiked off this morning without notice?" "No, of course not. Mr. Wake. Noth ing of the kind. Rut I—” "Well, what?" he broke in. as she hesitated "I can't, for the world, think : of anything else 1‘ve done —” "You've done’ Perhaps I might suggest that it Is a question of what you haven't done ” The girl was trem bling on the vergs of hysterics. "Yes. what you've not done! All these weeks, and not a single attempt to get j us away from here, except that miser able signal; and I as good as put that ! up! You call yourself a man! Rut I —1—" She stopped short, white with a sudden overpowering fear. Winthrope looked from her to Rluke with a sidelong glance, hi;- lips drawn up in an odd twist. There followed seveial moments of tense silence; then Blake mmolded apologetically: "Well, I suppose I might have done more. I was so dead anxious (o make sine of food and shel ter. But this trip today—” ' Mr.—Mr Blake, pray do not get excited— 1—I mean, please excuse me. I'm—" "You're coming down sick!" he •aid. No. no! I have no fever.” “Then it’s the sun. Yet you ought to keep up there where the air is freshest. I'll make you u shade." She protested, and withdrew, anrae what hurriedly, to her tree. In the morning Blake was gone again: but instead of a note, beside the fire stood the smaller antelope skin converted into a great bautboo ribbed sunshade. She spent the day as usual on the headland. There was no wind, and the sun was scorching hot. But with her big sunshade to protect her from the direct rays, the heat was at least en durable. She even found energy to work at a basket which she was attempting to weave out of long, coarse grass; yet there were frequent intervals when her hands sank Idle in her lap, and she gazed away over the shimmering i glassy expanse of the ocean In the afternoon the heat became oppressively sultry, and a long slow swell began to roil shoreward front beyond the distant horizon, showing no trace of white along its oily crests until they broke over the coral reefs. There was not a breath of air stilting, and for a time the reefs so checked the rollers that they lacked force to drive on in and break upon the beach. Steadily, however, the swell grew heavier, Ihough not so much as a cat's- I paw ruffled the dead surfaces of the watery hillocks. By sunset they were rolling high over both lines of reefs and racing shoreward to break upon the beach and the cliff foot in furious surf. The hi 111 air reverberated w ith i the liooming of the breakers Yet the | girl. Inland bred and unversed In weather lore, sat heedless and tndif ; ferent, her e\es fixed upon the horb 1 zon In a vacant stare. Her reverie was at last disturbed by i the peculiar behavior of the seafowl. . | Those iu the air circled around In a , i manner strange to her. while their j ’ mates on the ledges waddled restlessly | ' about over anil between their nests There wits a shriller note than usual In iheir discordant clamor. Yet even when she gave heed to the birds, the girl failed to realize their | alarm or to sense the impending dan ger. It was only that a feeling of dis (pilet had broken the spell of her rev ; erie; It did not obtrude upon the held of her conscious thought. She sighed and rose to return to the cleft. idly wondering that the air should seem more sultry than at midday. The peculiar api>earaiiee of the sun and the western sky meant nothing more to her than an odd effect of-color and light. She smilingly compared it with an attempt at a suuset painted by an artist friend of the Impressionist I school. Neither Wlnthrope nor Blake was In j sight when she reached the baobab, i and neither appeared, though she de- j laved supper until dark. It was quite j possible that they had eaten before her return and had gone off again, the Englishman to doze and Blake on an evening hunt. At last, tired of waiting, she covered the tire and retired Into her tree-cave. The air In the cleft was still more stifling than on the headland. She paused, with her hand upraised to dose the swinging door. She had propped it open when she came out In , the morning After a moment's hesi ! tatlon, she went on across the hollow, leaving the door wide open. "1 will rest a little, and close It later.’' she sighed She was feeling weary and depressed. An hour passed. Au ominous still ness lay upon the cleft. Even the cicadas had hushed their shrill note The only sound was a muffled re verbemtlng echo of the surf roaring upon the seashore. Beneath the giant spread of the baobab all was black ness. Something moved In s hush a little way down the cleft. A crouching figure appeared, dimly outlined In the starlight. The figure crept stealthily across Into the denser night of the bao bab. The darkness closed about It Ilk* a shroud. A blinding flash of light pierced the blackness The figure halted and crouched lower, though the flash had gone again in a fraction of a second. A dull rumbling mingled with the ceaseless boom of the surf. A second flash lighted the cleft with Its dazzling corus< atlon This tints the creeping figure did not halt. Again and again the forked light ning streaked across the sky, every stroke more vivid than the one before The rumble of the distant thunder deepened to a heavy tolling which dominated tne dull roar of the break era. The storm was coming with the on rush of a tornado. Vet the leaves bung motionless In the still air, and there was no sottnd other than the thunder and the booming of the surf The lightning fluted, one stroke upon the other, with a brilliancy that lit up the cave's interior blighter than at mid-day. In the white glare th*- girl saw Win Ihrope. crouched beneath tier upswung door; anil his face was as the face ot a beast. (Continued neat wick. Admiral Dewey Much Better. Washington, .Ian. 18.—Admiral (leiirge Dewey, who baa been confined to his home for about two month.t with au attack of sciatica. has lonald erably Improved. He ia now going t> his office and attending to his regnlai duties as president of the general board of the navy Recently Admiral Dewey celebrated Ills seventy first birthday anniversary. An Ohio River Steamer Sinks. 1’lttsburg, I'a.. .Irii IS Th<* steam boat I Hive Wood sank Friday al dam No. t In the Ohio river. The new, consisting of men, narrowly ea eaiii-il lirini i-iiik. i i-1 m - HESTtlit VTHI.V Ti I KNTIIY OF I.A MIN IN NATIONAL FOItKST. Notice I- hereby given that the lands dc scrilied below. umbraciOff III acre*, within the Arkansas National Forest. Arkansas, will lie subject to settlement and entry un dcr lilt- provisions of the homestead laws ol lilt- ('tilled stales and the act of June II. 1‘JIIH II Htat.. 23Sl, at the I'lilted stales land of fice at' amden. Arkansas, on Jan. Ai, IPOP. Any settle! who was actually and In good faith claiming anv of said lands for agrii-ul (oral purpose* prior to January I. ltkMv, and has not atiandoned same, has a preference right 10 make a homestead entry for the lands actually occupied. Said lands were listed it|shi the application- of the persvnis incut toned Is-low. who have a preference right subject In the prior right ol att.i such settler, prov Ided such settle or applicant Is qualified to make homestead entry and the preference right Is exercised prior to Jail. AY I UUP. -Ill w hlch date the land- u I be subject to settlement and entry by any qualified person. The lands arc us follows: The NtY f, ofSW',. sec. II, I. I s.. It. ,11 W., 5th I’. M listed upon the application ol Sidney Wool ridge oi kaglciou. Vrkansas. whoallcges set tlement In I POT. Fled Dennett. <'ommlssloner of the General t.and i mice. Approved November P, 1906. Frank Fierce. Flrsi Vsslsfaul Secretary of the Interior. 50 ft_ N' i'1'lt I TO QUIET TITLE Notice is licrebv given that on Nn vpiuIhm- 19. 1908, Andrew .1. Halley tiled in my oflice, ids petition to the Chancery court of l'olk county, Ar kansas, praying that said court at its October term, twos. |,y its decree con firm and quint his title to the follow ing described lauds aituated in l’olk county’, Arkansas, to-wit: The N1 of NWJ tif Sis;. .12, all in township -I South, Range -t- West. Therefore, all persons who claim any interest iu said lauds <>r any.part thereof, are hereby warned and called upon to ap|M-ar in said court within seven weeks from this date and show cause, if any there lie. why the prayer of said petition should not be granted and why the title of said petitioner to siihi lauds and Rvi-rv nurt thereof. should uot be quieted and confirmed Given under my hand this luth day of November. 190k. H. J. Green, 11) 7 Clerk Polk Chancery Court. NoTU i: T< > ( <INFIRM TITLE. Notice is hereby given that on the till) day of January. 1909. It. K. Thuma filed in my office his petitiou to the chancery court of Folk county, Ark., praying that said court at its October term, 1909, by its decree confirm and quiet his title to the following describ ed lands situated in Folk county,Ark., to-wit: The SKI SW* ‘ • •. 1-’, and N1 NV\ i of Sec. 13, in township 3 S., range 33 VV. Therefore all persons w ho claim any intei-est in and to said lands or any part thereof aie hereby warned to ap l»*ar in said court within seven weeks from this date and show cause, if any there he, why the prayer of said |>eti tioner should not U- granted and why the title of the said petitioner to said lands and every purl thereof, should not tie quieted and confirmed. Given under my hand as clerk of the chancer) court of Folk county . Ark., nu thisdth day of January, 1909. H. J. Green, Clerk. ■- .j"- 1 ' - -a~--us--.—i-—-— NOT 11 ’K roll PI III.ICVTION. Peoartmeut of the Interior, l.anct office at i amden. Ark., Dec. -1, 11)08. Notice is hereby given that JAMKis A. l Attl, o! Mena. \rk., who on May i, linrj, made II. K. No. ii&TO. .Serial No. irt'307,, lor F,', SK1, sec. Ik SW , SW. See. 11. and NU'1, MV1, See. '21, T. I A., It. :*0 W, Oth P. M. has llled notice «f intention to make rtnal live year proof to establish claim to the lam! Above describes) before the circuit clerk or Polk county at Mena, Ark., on the l.jtb day of February, 1‘jOS), rlalmunt names as wUiiessrs. .lames M. Burnett of Mena, Ark.. IWvHC. Miller and lames Sw lser ol Acorn, Ark., and Wtllhim Davidson of If ul to. Ark. Pee :)t. It. U. Frledheim. Itegister. FAR MEJ3JN IONS A Roster of Local Unions, Places and Dates of Meeting. • Officers of unions are especially requested to notify The star of any changes In officer*, meeting times or places, thtta keeping the directory up-to-date and of greatest possible value to the membership. POLK COUNTY UNION. Mens the third Wednesday In January April. July and October, v. 1,. Durham, President: W. K. Murray. Vice President; Mena: J. It. Dalrlpple. Secretary-Treasurer, Orannls: A. M. Parker, Lecturer, Cove. HOLLY HILL UNION NO. 2161 A. J. Kit wards, president: J. F. smith, sec retary. Ilartli P. O. LIBERTY UNION NO. MS. Geo. Wood, president, J. K. Wilcox, seer# tary; meets 2d and tth Saturdays at 2 p. in. Kgger. P. O. CHERRY HILL UNION NO. 1*7. L. L. Sanders, president: K. .1. souther*. Secretary. Meets each 1st and Id Saturday al 2 p m. Kgger P. O. RANSOM UNION NO. »17. Meets 1st and 3rd Saturday- nights. J. R Chambers, president: Pi oh Vv. R. Shinn, see retary. Mena. P. o. ROCKY UNION NO. 151. J. C. Terrell, president: S. Thacker, secre tary. Meets 2nd and tth Saturday at 2 p. in, Roelty post office. DALLAS UNION NO. 760. Meets 1st and 3rd Saturday at 7:3n p. m. S. A. Key, president; \. L. Durham, secretary Mena, P. o. BOARD CAMP UNION. Meets 1st. 3rd and 6th Wednesday nights, i . II. Miller, president; A. K. Wear, secretary. Hoard t amp 1\ t). FIDELITY UNION. W. Wlnkley. president; D. Barber on, aecretary. Meets 2d and 3rd satuday*. COUNTY LINK UNION NO. 677. Meets Saturday evening before the 1st and 3rd Sundays. D, Morris, president, W. II. RIdling, secretary. Hartley P. O. OWEN CHAPEL UNION NO. 335. G. W. Harbin president: w. M. llarhln. secretary. Meets 2d ami tth Friday nights. HOLLY SPRINGS UNION NO. JM. K. K. Griffith, president: J. U ell, «eeie lary. Quito P. o. ROCK SPRINGS UNION NO. *91 Ed Posev, president: I'. L. Posey, secretary Quito P. <>. Meet* 2nd and tth Saturday s. FOWLEIt UNION NO. 12M. .1. H. Koger, president. H. E. Rlngler. secre tary. Meets tlrst nnd ihhd Saturday*. OZARK UNION NO. 2*02. Meets Island 3rd Saturday nights. .1. \\ Ilian, president; S. It. Higgins, secretary and treasurer. _ «S OVERTURF UNION NO. 1»SL clarence Walts, president; Albert Ward secretary, Gtllham I’, o. HOLLY GROVE UNION NO. 154*. w. T.Terrell, president; .1. s. Itelliel. secre tary. Meet* 2d and 4th Friday night*. CENTER UNION NO. 1*91. Lee Evens, president, T. A. Dooley, «ecre tary. o \ K GROVE UNION J. It. Davis, president: T. It. tinker, secre tary. Grannlss ROTTER I'MuS. Meet* 2d and 4th Thursday nlglit*. II. .1. Rerin. president; V. Cole, secretary and treasurer. MOUNTAIN FORK UNION Tom Rogers, president; Willie Reavers, sec retary. OLIVER CHAPEL UNION. W. E. Murray, president; J. w. Edward*, secretary and treasurer. Meets each 2d sud 4tlt Tuesday nights. HATFIELD UNION NO. 2Bfl. Meets 1st and 3rd Saturday at 2 p. in. A. U Hruce. president: II. H. Stockton, secretary Hatlteld I*, o. LEGAL NOTICES. CONTEST NOTICE. Depurtnumt of the Interii r. I*. N. Land Office, Camtlen, Ark., Rea J, 1B0H. A sufficient contest affidavit having been tiled In this office bv CHARLES H. TUTTLE, contestant, against II. K. Mo. 27170. made M'ov. 10, lOtKI, for SWi of M'Ei Sis*. 4. T. 2 S., R. .40 W., by Joseph \V. Williams, contestee. in which ilia alleged that the said Joseph W. Wil liams has Ik'cii absent from the above entry and abandoned the saute fop about four years past. Said parties are hereby notified to appear, reapoud an I offer evidence touching said said allegation at 10 o'clock a. tit., on Jan. 15, loon, lie fore W. L. Parker, clerk, at his office in Menu, Ark., and that final hearing will lie held at 10 o'clock a. in. on Jan. 25, loop. before the Reg ister and Receiver at the United State* Land Ottli e iu Camden, Ark. The said contestant having in a proper affidavit tiled Dec. .1, llHIB, set forth fac's which show that after due diligence permmul service of this no tice can not l>c made, it is hereby or dered and directed that such uotice be giveu by dee anil pro|ter publication. II. (J. Kricdhttiu. Register. K. M. Mallory. Receiver. NOTIl'K FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior. U. s. Land ot doe at I'Hiudeii, Ark., December I s 19U14. Notice Is hereby given that GEORGE W. HARRISON of Eager. Vrkaosa*. who, on February 12. 1903, made homoetead entry No. JtrtM*. serial No. (lilt , for E' „ SW1,. Section 13. Township 2 south Range 29 West, oth I’. M., ha* tiled notice of Intention to make dual live year pnad to establish claim to the land above described, before circuit clerk of Folk count! at Mi ua. Ark., o-. the ttli dav of February, I9UH. Claimant names a* witnesses: Thomas 1. Brewer, James L. Wimberly tinrl Iturgcn V. speara of Egger, Ark., and James \. I horn ton, of Mena. Ark. Her- 24. H. 4i. I'rU-dlieliu. Kegister. N4*TI4 r. ri ill PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior, Land Office at i a in den, Ark.. t>ecember it, 1905. Notice Is hereby gtien that JEREMIAH RAIN of Hoard Can’1*. Ark., v* lio. on .inn. t... iw.', made Homestead Kntry No. 'Serial No. tnI*i . for SKi, N \V>, and N KC Sf1,, Sec. ». Township :l Sooth. Itunge ffl West, r.th 1*. M.. has hied notice of Intention to mnke Hunt flve-year proof, to establish claim to tlic hind aliov* described, befure • trcntt Clerk of 1‘otk county, at Mena. \rk„ on the Ud day of February. HKM. Claimant names as p Itnesses: WIHJnm M. It. Heath. William F. l emons. Wilburn K. IHIton »nd Willlatn T. Suatrs. all of Hoard Cnmn. Ark. H. i*. Fritsiheitn. Kitl’lrr. The Farmers’ Friend RESTAURANT Front St. Opposite Depot ' (r ood Clean Food, Well Cook e<l. Come ami See Me. B. W. TEATER, Prop. Mena. Arkansas , Mena Evening Star, Month 40c.